The Beating Heart of Agile by Andrea Provaglio

Speaker Andrea Provaglio
The Beating Heart of Agile
  • talk
  • 60
  • coaching
  • management

What is it that makes an Agile team or an Agile organization run like a clockwork, deliver and succeed? Is Agile just a set of useful practices and tools, or is there more to it than meets the eye? Yes, we also have values and principles, but are those what really makes the difference between a team that delivers and one that doesn’t?

More than anything else: could it be that effective teamwork and social/relational proficiency, custom-fit for an Agile cultural environment, are the ultimate – and largely untapped – source of real competitive advantage?

In this session, based on the speaker’s experience, we’ll explore topics such as:

  • self-regulating social systems
  • collective intelligence
  • organizational learning
  • self-organization

Among other things, we’ll get insights on how all of the above are required (and can be fostered) to create a culture and an ecosystem where your organization and people can reap the benefits of an Agile approach – which include quality, fast feedack, constant improvement, learning and, of course, wealth.


This is a 60-minute frontal presentation and there are no activities planned for the audience.

The outline of the talk is:

  • What is missing in the traditional way to develp software
  • The nature of Agile and the need for organizatonal learning and social systems thinking
  • Principles of organizational learning
  • Understanding systems thinking for teams
  • Collective Intelligence
  • Emancipating into self-organization
  • Wrap-up


User Persona
  • coach
  • executive
  • developer
  • practitioner
  • product owner
  • manager
  • team lead
  • tester
Constraints and Class Arrangement

No special requirement

Session History

At the time of this submission, this talk has been presented once as a keynote at Open Agile Romania (

It's also been already accepted for:

  • Agile Central Europe - ACE! in Krakow, June (
  • Agile Prague in Prague, early September (
  • Agile Testing Days in Berlin, November (


Last Updated 28 Jan 09:16